Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Current Top 20 Polishes

Hey guys!

This post is gonna be about my current Top 20 polishes at the moment.
I have a good sized collection but there is a lot that I haven't worn/swatched. For that reason, I didn't include those for consideration.
For this reason, my Top 20 will change periodically with new purchases and swatchings.

L to R: SOPI metro chic, Misa high waist hue, OPI merry midnight, OPI sapphire in the snow, NFU-oh 51

L to R: Wet n Wild Crazee in Shield, Essie in Chinchilly, ELF in Blush, ELF in Champagne, ELF in Mod Mauve

L to R: Maybelline in Brown Aluminium, China Glaze in Ruby Pumps, China Glaze in Cords, China Glaze in VII, American Apparel in Dynasty

L to R: Zoya in Jacy, LA Girl in  Addict, La Girl in Indigo (F21 name), LA Girl in Double Platinum, Diamond Cosmetics in Chainmail Charm

I wanted to show you the awesome effect of these two Holos. They are so awesome! Double Platinum is holo glitter and Chainmail Charm is a holo polish.

One word to describe holos? BRILLIANT!

Let's see if my upcoming Transdesign order full of pastels (i hardly have any!), holos, glitter, and new Misa polishes will make the cut for the next Top 20.

Do you have any of these? Would they make your Top 20?

Monday, January 18, 2010

NOTD: Diamond Cosmetics in Decadence

Finally, one of the Diamond Cosmetics polishes!
This is Decadence - a beautiful medium brown with high sparkle effect - almost a foil!

These pictures are pretty accurate and I am SO happy for my new camera. My pics just come out great!

This was one of the Diamond Cosmetics polishes that really stood out to me. The picture on their website just does not do it justice! I believe this was 2 coats and it applied just fine with minimal clean up necessary.
I will say that the brush is a typical cheapy brush that gets the job done but isn't special or anything.

This is definitely a wearable brown even for my light skintone. Typically, I have to be very careful with browns but on the nails, it looks great!

Diamond Cosmetics knows how to do high sparkle almost foil like finishes. I am blown away with how cool they look.

I will say that I hate the label. It just makes the polish look cheap when really, its not (quality wise).
Price wise? These babies are only $2.25 each. (was $2 when I ordered)
You can find these on the Diamond Cosmetics site only.
Shipping was $5.90 for 10 or less items bringing my total just under $26  for these amazing polishes.

I will say that shipping is a bit frustrating.
Once you place your order, you have to wait 2-4  business days for a shipping receipt. For only 10 polishes, this seemed a bit long. And they also ship FedEx Smartpost which I find annoying (First Fedex brings the package to your area, then USPS delivers it) with trying to track it.

But for the price and quality, I will definitely be ordering again very soon! Probably next month! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haul: Christmas Nail Gifts

Hey guys! So I received a lot of amazing gifts this year for Christmas. I am truly grateful and appreciative.

My boyfriend and his parents didn't feel too comfortable picking out makeup/nail stuff but they did their best and supplemented it with a gift card to Ulta (that will be a different post). Let me show you my goodies!

I got a set from Colorworks which i don't think is a regular line of polish just one that makes box sets for the holidays but i could be wrong. Anyway, this came with a lot of different things that i didn't have.

I immediately took it all out of the box and threw that away. So I also took pics individually too.

These are all the color polishes in the set. A few of the colors look different IRL. Theres no labels or names so I'm not sure how to enter them into my list of polishes. Maybe I could make up my own names and attache little labels? hmmmm...
Just by playing with them, they seem to be pretty decent pigmented polishes. Cheap polishes can be big surprises!

These are the French manicure polishes and French tip guides as well. I needed more of these! These polishes are bigger than the colored ones.

Yup thats right! A nail dryer! This thing was funky because the included instructions said it needed two C batteries but when we popped open the back the slots were way too small. AA's fit perfectly. Weird.
You turn it on by placing your hand under the flap (pic below) and pressing down.
I don't like having to press it down because without dry fast top coats, it can take forever and I'd probably forgot to apply pressure. But its still cool... in a not-so-useful way!
By the way, it emits cool air. Probably just a fan inside.

These are a bunch of the tools they included.
The round cylinder thing at the top left is a set of 4 nail tools. Next to it is a foot lotion (but i suppose it could be used for hands too).
The tub is a nail buffing cream with the nail buffer on top. Not sure if this cream is just for buffing or just a typical hand lotion. Either way, i've used it all over my hands.
The 3 items under the nail tools is a cuticle remover cream, nail whitening pencil, and a corrector pen.
And the last two items are pretty obvious-nail brush (2 sides! really useful) and toe separators. Honestly, i hate toe separators... I don't like my toes pulled apart!

I also got this case! I decided its nail related because I plan to use it for nail stuff (and maybe some makeup too) when I travel. Most often, when I stay over with the BF and I want to bring my supplies.
Included with it are those dividers (which i put up randomly) and different foam padding! Perfect for protecting my polish while allowing them to stand up-right.

I took a shot with a ton of stuff in it! Pretty much more than you would really 'need' for a manicure or two but polish lovers will understand... We need all that stuff "just in case" we will need it. Haha
When I went home after Christmas, I took my polish home in this and everything seemed safe. Very happy with it.
I also received a smaller, less cool version of this case, i just forgot to take pics.

I received much more non-nail/beauty related items such as a new desk and desk chair from Ikea, tea set from Ikea, a HP mini netbook, my new nikon digital camera (notice the awesome pics above?), penguins galore including more penguin pajama pants (love!), bed set, penguin flannel sheets, and even a crystal penguin! Yeah, I was really spoiled. :)

Anyways, I'll start posting new material very, very soon! I promise!

Bye for now!

Christmas Mani and Misc. Pictures

Okay for some reason I did not post this... Argh, I hate when I do that!

I took a little break from posting, not on purpose. Suddenly it was new years then BAM school started on the 4th. It all hit me too fast. And before I knew it, 2 weeks had gone before my eyes.

Trouble is that I live a pretty full life. I am interested and passionate about many things and I try to cram it all in there. Between all my classes, homework, work, business group ongoings, econ paper writing, nail polish, my friend's new business, the boyfriend, not to mention chores (that are often neglected), it gets to be so much that i don't have time to sleep.

I'm slowly, but surely, getting better about juggling it all but it seems that when I slack off for just ONE day, I'm so behind. When things get to be too much, don't be surprised if I don't post. I just think my mental sanity means more.

I love polish and its so awesome reading so many blogs! I'm always here, just not as active as I wish I could. But I do have a bunch of material to post including new AA polishes (that I LOVE), my first Nfu-Oh, Hard candy, and a upcoming Transdesign order. Yup, its been polish heaven this month!

Anyways... onto this 2 week old post. :)

Immediately after getting Emerald Sparkle and Ruby Pumps I HAD to use them and I couldn't pick one.. So i used both!
I also used a konad plate m65 for the diagonal designs. Oh i just love it! Although my right hand came out much better than my left.

Left Hand

I just couldn't seem to clean this up very well without my pointed Q-tips. I ran our and surprisingly, they are kind of hard to find! Argh  And the diagonal lines come out funky on this hand.

The right hand is much better even with my cuticles in horrible shape.

I couldn't find anything to wrap my hands around for a proper pic so I justed used my new battery charger for my new Nikon Coolpix camera I received as a gift for Christmas. Can you tell how much better these pics are compared to my iPhone?! I sure can!

Anyway, I thought I would add some fun pictures now.

For some reason Paprika decided to jump on top of the cage while I was working on moving some furniture around. She's so feisty!

Decided to go with the mango passion fruit. It sounds like it would be fruity and flavorful but it wasn't. Oh well, it was on sale 2/$4. Green and White tea fusion should be a easy winner.
By the way, thats part of my new tea set the boyfriend and his mother picked out for me for Christmas. I also have the matching teapot. Its so cute! I love that the cup is so wide. I believe its from Ikea is you're interested. :)

This is after 1.5 hours of snow coming down. I was at work and suddenly snow was just being dumped from the sky! It was so sudden and unexpected. Not to mention, it came down fast and hard (Thats what she said) that it took everyone by surprise. Luckily, the BF was downtown and took me home. I was barely wearing any warm clothing and cheap flats. Walking home would been a disaster.  I had an old pair of snow boots on... Just in case.

Anyway, there's more to come soon!